The statement asked representatives to commit to not using nuclear weapons under any circumstances, but Amano said that this conflicted with Japanese security policy.
As a nation that has the suffering of both the atomic bomb and nuclear disasters still in living memory, Japanese netizens took to Twitter to make their feelings known.
The statement says the use of nuclear weapons must be prevented “under any circumstances.” That wording, Ambassador Mori explained to NHK TV, conflicts with Japan’s national security policy, specifically its extended nuclear deterrence agreement with the United States. He elaborated that in a conflict, the US could use nuclear weapons to “defend” Japan. So in some circumstances…
At least he was honest.
So here’s what this means: By entering into an agreement with a nuclear-armed state that its weapons are, in effect, yours by proxy, and that they can be used on your behalf (in fact, you expect that to be so), you lose not only your moral standing to condemn nuclear weapons along with most of the rest of the world, but also your political capacity to join others in an unfolding process that could lead to their abolition. In other words, you become unable to provide for your own and everyone else’s security in the most meaningful way possible, while leaving your people vulnerable to annihilation by weapons you neither possess nor control. Sweet deal!